Jehnny Beth Announces Debut Solo Record ‘To Love Is To Live’ + Reveals New Single ‘Flower’

Pic by Steve Guillick

Jehnny Beth will release her debut solo album, To Love Is To Live, on May 8th, 2020 via Caroline Records.  The record, which was recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Paris, features a number of collaborators, including producers Flood, Atticus Ross, and longtime co-creator Johnny Hostile, and guest turns from The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, actor Cillian Murphy, and IDLES’ Joe Talbot.

Today Jehnny Beth also shares a new song from the album entitled “Flower,” which follows last year’s stand alone single “I’m The Man,” which was lauded by the New York Times for its “bravado and tenderness.”   “I’m The Man” also saw the beginning of Jehnny Beth’s cinematic collaboration with acclaimed director Anthony Byrne (Peaky Blinders).

“Flower” sees Jehnny Beth heading in completely different sonic territory to “I’m The Man,” taming the former’s tempestuous pulse into something simmering and sensual.  Written about a pole dancer at notorious strip club Jumbo’s Clown Room in Los Angeles, “Flower” details the complicated depths of sexuality tangled in a fever dream reverie of desire and loss.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “FLOWER

From subverting power balances (“I’m The Man”) to marrying dense textures with stark instrumentation (“The Rooms”) to walking the thin line between the sacred and the profane to explore existential themes (“French Countryside”), To Love Is To Live sees Jehnny Beth giving her intense vulnerability a glorious voice – musically and lyrically — like no one else making music today.  Which is to say:  The album is a sublime tumble through life’s loftiest questions, an album forged from the ambition and courage of an artist putting everything she’d got right — and indeed everything she is — into the music.

Jehnny Beth will be playing select shows throughout 2020.  Tour dates are:

3/8/20             London, UK @ BBC 6 Music Festival

5/29/20           London, UK @ All Points East Festival

5/31/20           Kværndrup, Denmark @ Heartland Festival

6/2/20             Hamburg, Germany @ Mojo

6/4/20             Paris, France @ La Gaîté Lyrique

6/5/20             Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival

6/9/20             Milan, Italy @ Magnolia

6/10/20           Marina Di Ravena, Italy @ Beaches Brew Festival

6/12/20           Porto, Portugal @ Primavera Festival

6/30/20           Berlin, Germany @ Säälchen

7/3/20             Ewjik, Netherlands @ Down the Rabbit Hole Festival

7/4/20             Arras, France @ Main Square Festival 2020

7/15/20           Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater

7/18/20           Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

7/19/20           Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

7/21/20           Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre

7/22/20           Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

7/23/20           Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts

7/25/20           New York, NY @ Webster Hall

7/26/20           Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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